For Maharashtra BJP, who after Devendra Fadnavis

Written by Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 30 2014, 00:06am hrs
With Devendra Fadnavis all set to take over as Maharashtra's next chief minister, who will fill up the post in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vacated by him

Among the lead runners, BJP MLC from Kolhapur Chandrakant Patil is tipped to be appointed as Maharashtra BJP President.

"Patil's elevation could come within a day or two of the swearing-in of the new BJP government at the Wankhede Stadium here in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," a party leader said.

BJP President Amit Shah had launched his poll campaign for the October 15 Assembly polls from Kolhapur, which also happens to be the place where his in-laws hail from.

With deep roots in RSS, Patil enjoys good rapport with the Sangh Parivar.

Sources close to him said he preferred the organisational post over handling a ministry in the Fadnavis-led government and would like to be the bridge between the party organisation and government.

With reports of BJP Mumbai unit president Ashish Shelar likely to be given a ministerial berth, the Mumbai party chief's post may also fall vacant.

Vile Parle MLA Parag Alavani's name is doing the rounds as probable replacement for Shelar as Mumbai BJP chief.